|Posted: 2010-March-16 at 5:15pm | IP Logged
Well there are several folks here who are pretty talented in 3dsmax, also the Renderosity community is good too
I have to disagree with Jan a little, 3dsmax has a reputation for being hard to learn, but its not that difficult to start out and make simple shapes, booleans, etc. To get really good at it, now that takes a while. I have been using it for around 8 years, and i consider myself fairly accomplished, but there is still loads of stuff i have no clue about.
BUT if you want to make landscapes, you definitely want Terragen 1 or 2 (version 1 (actually v.9something) is easier to learn, but cant handle objects - so no trees, rocks, etc) TG will create a landscape that is more realistic looking than Max, and it will do it in much less time and with less skills required.
Since you are interested in 3dsmax, here are some links i have found to be useful:http://www.xenomorphic.co.uk/education.htmhttp://www.neilblevins.com/cg_education/cg_education.htmhttp://www.cgarena.com/freestuff/tutorials/tutorials.htmlhttp://www.mrbluesummers.com/
Hope that helps, also you can shoot me a PM if you have questions. If you're really
serious about learning 3dsmax, try to find a junior college near you that offers classes in Max
If you want to check out Terragen here's their homepage:
The Terragen forums here are also very helpful